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    For Idaho duo, 'beauty queens wear combat boots'

    March 29, 2010

    Cadet Airman Brielle Mattox (left) newly crowned Miss Teen American Starlet Idaho Royal Queen, and Army National Guard Sgt. Corinth Barrett, just-crowned Miss American Starlet Idaho Regional Queen.

    1st Lt. Tracy Mattox
    Public Affairs Officer
    Nampa Composite Squadron
    Idaho Wing

    IDAHO — A pair of brand-new beauty queens from Idaho probably find combat boots and BDUs at least as comfortable as formal gowns and crowns, thanks to their Civil Air Patrol credentials.

    Cadet Airman Brielle Mattox is a member of the Nampa Composite Squadron, and Army National Guard Sgt. Corinth Barrett developed her desire to serve her country during her days as a Boise Composite Squadron cadet. Each earned a title in the Miss American Starlet Scholarship Pageant’s Idaho Regional competition March 20.

    Mattox was crowned Miss Teen American Starlet Idaho Royal Queen. Barrett is the Miss American Starlet Idaho Regional Queen. Both qualified for the 23rd Anniversary Grand National Finals at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., from July 28- Aug. 1.

    In CAP, Mattox recently completed an intense 18-week ground school and is ready to start the flight portion to earn her private pilot’s license. A member of the Nampa squadron’s ground team search and rescue unit, she is also CPR- and first aid-certified. 

    At the Idaho Wing’s 2009 Mountain Eagle III Encampment, Mattox received the Warrior Cadet Award for her flight for her leadership and teamwork skills.

    She is a freshman at Nampa’s Columbia High School, where she plays marimba and other percussion instruments in the marching and concert bands. She also participates in the FIT—for Flash Intensity Training — regimen of skills and drills offered by the Idaho Flash basketball program, and she plans to take up tennis this spring and summer and compete for the Columbia Wildcats next year.

    Mattox is also active in her church and is planning a Bible study for girls dealing with self-esteem and personal development. In addition, she has served on a short-term mission project ministering to an orphanage in Mexico. 

    She plans to pursue a culinary foods degree and hopes to one day open her own healthy foods restaurant, using organic and fresh foods to help promote healthy lifestyles. Her second business, she hopes, will be a “barker” — a bakery for dogs.

    Barrett is a full-time member of the Idaho Army National Guard, serving as a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief.  A home schooling graduate, she was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant and was appointed chief of her Black Hawk crew after training as an aircraft structures technician. 

    She has won the Congressional Gold Award for her years of community service, personal development and exploration. 

    Barrett is also pursuing a degree in elementary education at Boise State University.  For fun, she enjoys competing in ballroom dance, riding her horses, mentoring young girls and spending time with her family.

    In addition to their crowns and trophies, Barrett and Mattox also receive three free nights at the La Quinta Resort to help offset the cost of attending the Grand National Competition. Each will need to raise an estimated $2,500 in sponsorship and donations to help them compete at the National level, and local Businesses, and friends and family are invited to contribute.


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